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International vehicle theft and trafficking ring busted in Spain

The Spanish Guardia Civil, supported by the Bulgarian Police, Portuguese Police and Europol, have dismantled an international crime group dedicated to vehicle theft and the illicit trafficking of the vehicles from Spain to Europe. The operation resulted in the arrest of 19 individuals and the investigation of five other suspects, who are accused of belonging to a criminal organisation, vehicle theft, document fraud, and money…

GPS theft Sweden

Theft figures of GPS/Airbags/Xenon headlamps thefts Sweden q3 2017

Car parts thefts continue increases Stealing car parts continues to be attractive business for thieves. Swedish industry organization Larmtjänst follows the development on three selected components - steering wheel / airbags, navigation units and headlights (xenon). Between January 1st and September 30th, 2,874 theft cases of these types of car parts occurred and the damage costs amounted to SEK 166 million. In the county of Skåne,…

Cybersecurity measures announced by auto manufacturers

Brussels, 18 October 2017 – In order to mitigate the risks of cyberattacks that come with the ever-increasing connectivity of motor vehicles, the European Automobile Manufacturers’ Association (ACEA) today published six key principles of automobile cybersecurity, which all its members endorse. “The digital world offers unprecedented opportunities,” stated ACEA Secretary General, Erik Jonnaert. “Nevertheless,…

Governor Cuomo Announces More Than $3.7 Million in Grants to Combat Motor Vehicle Theft and Insuranc

October 16, 2017 Albany, NY Governor Cuomo Announces More Than $3.7 Million in Grants to Combat Motor Vehicle Theft and Insurance Fraud Crimes Funding Helps 24 Law Enforcement Agencies Hire Specialized Investigators; Pay Overtime Costs Two Statewide Organizations will use Grants to Provide Training, Education Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced more than $3.7 million in grants to help further reduce motor vehicle theft and insurance…

Where have a million missing motorcycles gone?

Past President of the UK Branch of IAATI, Dr Ken German, has published this article about motorcycle theft in a UK newspaper, The Telegraph.  The article looks at the rise fall and rise again of motocycle theft during the last 50 years in the UK  and the impact on theft levels in other countries. He also warns about offenders using stolen blank DVLA registration documents and recommends motorcycle owners…

Malaysia: Foreign-registered vehicles will need VEP

The Malaysian governmnet has announced that all foreign-registered vehicles coming into Malyasia will require a Vehicle Entry Permit (VEP) in addition to the Road Charge. Upon paying the VEP vehicles would be issued with a a Radio Frequency Indentification (RFID) tag to be placed on the windshield of their vehicles.  They claim the VEP will help identity the number of foreign vehicles entering Malaysia and also to prevent car…

Cocke County, TN man wanted since April found in Sevier County

A Cocke County man who had eluded arrest on state and federal chop-shop charges since April was taken into custody in Sevier County on Friday and whisked to Greeneville for his initial appearance in federal court, according to authorities. Gary Dale Shults, 41, Chavis Road, Cosby, apparently realized he had no chance for pretrial release. He waived his preliminary hearing, and has until Nov. 23 to decide whether he wants to make a deal or take…

Ultra-exotic Ford GT Deliveries Commence in Canada

“Let me tell you, it’s a race car that means business.” Richard L'Abbe, Ford GT Owner Deliveries of the new 2017 Ford GT have commenced in North America. Former late night talk show host Jay Leno took delivery of his Ford GT and received car number 12. According to Jay, Ford family members claimed the first ten cars, car No. 11 was auctioned off to raise money for charity, and Leno received the Ford GT with vehicle…

  • October 7, 2017

UK: Police cuts ‘threaten efforts to end car cloning’

The UK Government has been warned that cuts to policing numbers could see fewer stolen cars than ever returned to their owners. At present nearly half of all cars stolen in the UK are never returned but vehicle security specialists have warned that reductions in the number of teams dedicated to tackling car crime could see this number rise. To read…